2016 Mazda 2 Revealed as Production Starts in Japan

Since it was first launched way back in 1996, the Mazda 2 -- known as the Demio in Japan -- has sold more than 2.4 million units worldwide, although the car didn't reach the U.S. market until 2011. Today, the all-new, fourth-generation 2016 Mazda 2 began production at a plant in Hofu, Japan. The car goes on sale in its home market this fall and will reach the U.S. in 2015.

The 2016 Mazda 2 is the first version of the small hatchback to be built entirely with Mazda's Skyactiv engine and chassis technologies, which aim to improve fuel efficiency by reducing friction and weight. It's also the first Mazda 2 to adhere to the Kodo-Soul of Motion design language used on almost all of the company's other cars, including the current 3, 6, and CX-5.

As a result, the 2016 Mazda 2 looks remarkably similar to its big brother, the All-Star-winning Mazda 3. It also hews closely to the Hazumi concept that previewed the new 2. A wide polygonal grille defines the car's nose, with chrome spears leading into the swept-back headlights that rise over the car's front fenders. Subtle creases run along the lower edge of the doors, while the roofline takes the same dive toward the liftgate as was seen on the old Mazda 2. With a subtle roof spoiler, pinched taillights, and a curved crease just below the rear windshield, the back of the 2016 Mazda 2 resembles the old car, too, but with hints of the modern Kodo styling motif.

So too for the interior, which adopts the smart, modern look of the Mazda 3, CX-5, and 6. A horizontal dashboard design is marked primarily by a vertical touchscreen infotainment display, and a trio of climate-control knobs on the center stack. A rotary controller for the infotainment system sits on the center console, close the driver's leg, while the instrument cluster consists of a large central analog tachometer flanked by a pair of digital displays.

Mazda has released very few details about the mechanical components of the new 2, but in Japan the car will use a new 1.5-liter turbodiesel, called Skyactiv-D 1.5, as well as a 1.3- and a 1.5-liter gas engine, called Skyactiv-G 1.3 and Skyactiv-G 1.5, respectively. It's likely only the larger gasoline engine will be used in the U.S., but it seems unlikely the diesel will arrive given the delays Mazda has faced in certifying the Mazda 6 diesel for American consumption. The 2016 Mazda 2 is also said to have more safety technologies than the current car, likely including things like blind-spot warning and forward-collision warning.

After the 2016 Mazda 2 launches in Japan this fall, look for it to reach the U.S. market some time next year. Following that, there's a possibility we'll see it again in a different form: reports suggest the next-generation U.S.-market Toyota Yaris will be twinned with the 2, and that both models will be produced at Mazda's plant in Salamanca, Mexico.

More specifics on the U.S.-market 2016 Mazda 2 should arrive later this year or early in 2015.

Nitesh Vasani
Jacob King
Great up front. Rest looks unfinished and antiquated unlike the rest of the Mazda lineup
Francis Liu
Yea that we can't get in the states
David Pettit
The hood appears very long for a small car. Did they go for form over function? I think the length could be better used for more interior space. Cars this small tend to be very tight.
Lance Zimmerman
Looks cool, I like that color.
Robby Robinson
i like it
Danny Baker
Sedan too ?
Danny Baker
Available in January?
Phyo Zun
it look like mazda demio
Eric Klein
I like it better than the orange Bentley.
Lee Klein
Looks good.
Karl Thacker
They look so much better than the 'clown choking on its own tongue' look they're replacing.
Karl Thacker
Josh Jenkins
Looks like a bulldog.
Richard Boissonneault
Il y a une tache de rouille sur le coté arrière droit :P
Sean Naghibi
Love it!!!!
Orin O'Neill
So what's it going to look like as a Toyota Yaris?
Bob Plantenberg
Wait until see the real car. I begged for '14 Mazda 6 based on a auto show picture. Got one of the first 10 sold in the USA. 19 month's ago
Biju Varughese
I like it
Brandon S. Doyle
On interior alone I'd rather be shot than be in a fiesta. This has a much nicer interior.
Jack Geerer
Tim Lucas Agreed. Not in the market for this car but I think the Fiesta wins the looks contest in that segment.
Brandon S. Doyle
A 6 series is a BMW, Tyler Shimp. It's a Mazda6. I also own one and live in PA.
Tim Lucas
I'm really not feeling much love for Mazda's new Front-ends. I think I would go with the Fiesta over this one.
Tom Champion
For those who's taste in cars are described as 'cute'.
Milad Fathi
I actually love the looks
Tyler Shimp
As a 6 series owner and a mazda lover, it looks like a ballooned up cow patty. 3/10 on looks. Would not drive.
Certainly not a car one would buy for interior or exterior styling - then again it is hard to do much with a car that short. The interior can't be intended for the US market - it would be the cheapest looking thing for sale here except perhaps the Versa.  it is not even fugly like the exterior.Yeah I know they will move the steering wheel to the left.I assume to it is fun to drive and economical.
Tyler Ewing
Abderahmane Bouchareb
it's a little like Audi A1 sportback
Parvinder Sandhu
Mazda wow welcome 2 india

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